Can You Make A Hen Broody?

I have been asked if you can make a hen go broody. It depends on the breed of hen as some breeds are more susceptible to becoming broody than others. Bantams and Silkies (I have friends that have used Silkies to hatch guinea fowl and quail eggs before now) are known for being broody hens. … Read more

What Is Your Favourite Chicken Breed?

What is your favourite chicken breed? Chickens and hens are kept for many reasons: They lay eggs. Provide meat. As pets. For company. Their plummage. Their disposition and character. My favourite breed is the leghorn as I kept a white leghorn for 5 years. She was called Hatty and she had a brilliant personality. She … Read more

Which Chicken Breeds For Meat

I was asked today which chicken breeds are kept for meat. My father-in-law suggested Cobs where the fastest growing chickens for their meat. The more traditional breeds he suggested included: Light Sussex Rhode Island Red Buff Orpingtons Chickens are bred for different purposes. Some are breed solely for their meat, others their egg production and … Read more

Fox Takes Friends Hens

My friend Trisha from Bird Table News emailed to say that this Summer a fox has taken a number of their hens. Just wanted to say that this summer we had foxes get some chickens. The chickens that the fox  killed always wandered off on their own and were never near the cockerel.  We now … Read more